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Hayling Island on 10/12/17

Rating:1 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

OK, so my second completely overpowered session on my 3.7m of the year.
Actually "session" is somewhat generous - I went out completely maxed out. Came off, got caught in a squall and couldn't waterstart for some time, and then came in again. Waited a little while for the wind to abate but it didn't (until half an hour after I left). Chimet was showing 50 knots gusting 60 knots+
For the final ignominy as I was derigging the wind ripped my sail out of my hands whereupon I had to chase it across the car park and then it got wrapped around someone's van.

Hayling Island on 21/10/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

Normally when I rig my 3.7 I get one planing run and then the wind drops. Beth commented that it looked like the wind was dropping and so I feared the worse as I left the beach.
I needn't have worried. I have never been so overpowered on my 3.7. According to Chimet the wind was gusting to 50-55 knots and average was 40 knots, it certainly felt it. Frustratingly there were some nice waves but I was too out of control on the face to do anything. In fact on the breaking waves the spray off the top was so fierce that visibility was a problem, and it was quite painful on the face!
In summary, Brian 1 Jonathan 0.

Hayling Island on 10/09/17

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

A session of 3 parts:
1 - got to hayling a bit too early, egged on by the WhatsApp gang - but tide too high and dumpy, bit of a lottery for those who tried to launch - some took a real hammering. The rest of us sat in the vans out of the rain
2 - launched on my 3.7, definitely a somewhat sketchy launch still a big shoredump and Chimet showing 46 knots however pretty quickly the wind dropped and I was left floating or rather sinking. I saw black clouds approaching so held out expecting another squall but it never arrived
3 - changed to my 4.7 which I should have done far sooner. Immediately I was getting big jumps as the waves tidied up, then treated to a beautiful sunset, the rain even stopped for a while!
Second Sunday in a row that I sailed until dark. And good to sail with Kyle again.

Hayling Island on 02/01/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

Got to Hayling early for low tide and to meet up with some friends. The weather was foul most of the time - driving rain and blustery wind.
Despite this, a great session - waves wrapping around the sandbar so you could ride at a wide range of angles - and nice flat water between. Perhaps not quite the spacing that we enjoyed on New Year's Eve but hey, that was last year now so we can't keep harking back..
Bang in line with the forecast the wind dropped at midday - but I'd had a couple of hours by then so couldn't complain.

Hayling Island on 05/12/15

Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

Bit of a disappointment today.
Wind was honking but as soon as I hit the water it became more onshore and dropped. Over the course of the session it returned for a while and then dropped. When it was there, 4.2 was about right however in the lulls nothing (sensible) would have been big enough.
A few half decent waves but I either seemed to be stacked or stalled when I got to them.
First time out in my winter wetsuit this season and boy did I need it - and boots. Definitely much chillier than my last outing.
Nice to see Yannis albeit fleetingly - sorry Yannis!

Hayling Island on 07/11/15

Rating:4 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

Got to Hayling just as the rain stopped for the first time in the day, which was nice. Went straight for the 3.7m based on advice on the beach. It doesn't get out much and today I think was the first time with it on a 370 mast - but what a combination, worked really nicely. Probably was the best choice all things considered although a little underpowered at times.
Really nice sail with some big jumps on the way out. Waves were better for jumping than riding, with some nice steep lips out the back.
Still in my summer wetsuit (albeit long sleeved) with the thermometer showing 16c; not bad for November and at one point the sun came out and a rainbow appeared, happy days.
Wind eventually dropped and I toyed with changing up, but I had stupidly left my drink at home and was getting rather thirsty so decided to call it a day. But a really nice day's sailing.

Hayling Island on 28/03/15

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

Got to Hayling about an hour after low tide hoping to catch the tide on the way in. Started off raining but as the day wore on the rain did abate. Pretty windy. Rigged my 4.7 on my 85 freewave which was ok to start with - it was pretty gusty, but eventually I changed to my 81 quad and my 4.2 which was better. Some great ramps for jumping - although from time to time they were a bit too closely spaced for comfort.
Good to see Adrian and Matt for the first time in ages.
Given the gustiness of the wind (or my general lack of fitness) my arms are aching somewhat now..

Hayling Island on 11/08/14

Rating:4 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

On leave today and after a morning at Coral Reef with the kids managed to get down to Hayling (through torrential rain) by 4pm.
I could tell it was going to be good because the sun came put just as I got there and the rain was replaced by a rainbow...oh, neither of which killed the wind.
I seriously considered my 3.7 but made the right call with the 4.2 although later on the 4.7 might have been a little more appropriate.
The wind was certainly gusty but having read the weekend reports, this was clearly nothing new. Interesting water state - varying from flat to short, refracted chop to lovely steep jump ramps - so something for everyone.
On my third 'last run' my strap pulled out - otherwise I might still be on a 'last run' :)

Hayling Island on 10/05/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:3.7

I'm not normally a fan of 'survival' sailing - largely because it generally takes place in the middle of winter, in the rain with nobody else on the beach.
Today was different - warm water, loads of sun and good company on the beach. But make no mistake - it was survival sailing. Although the water state was a little lumpy, it was by no means bad. What made it 'survival' was the strength of the wind and the gustiness of it.
I started on my 4.7, after a few runs changed to 4.2 and then finally to my never-before-used 3.7. The 3.7 gave me a little more control but it was still planing straight off the beach and waterstarting out the back was still a challenge due to the sail just getting ripped out of my hands.
So all-in-all an interesting day. Not much to be done other than to hang on so not the most rewarding session: but at least there was no damage to self or kit...

Hayling Island on 25/01/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

An interesting day and first sail of 2014 for me. I had a new toy to try - a carbon boom and what a difference this made.
However Hayling was certainly challenging today. Pretty much everyone was on 5.3m. I rigged 4.7m as the wind was on the way up but one run out and I realised I needed my 4.2m. Even that was too much at times although the wind was mega gusty - it was very westerly but every now and again it swung a bit northerly.
Just as I was congratulating myself on not further hurting my ribs I hit a huge submerged plank of wood that sent me over the front onto my recovering ribs. Good job I was wearing extra neoprene for cushioning. After that the board was rather twitchy but when I came in I realised the fin positioning was no longer symmetrical - one disadvantage of a quad I had never considered.
Interesting drive home in what appeared to be Hampshire's mini-hurricane. Found the road blocked by fallen trees in 4 different places, almost had a branch through the windscreen and got blown across the A3...

 
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